Facts About Foot Warts
By Dr. Edward Tjoe
April 08, 2014
Category: Podiatric Procedures
Put your best foot forward!
Have you heard this phrase before? You probably have, and although it is meant to be reassuring, it’s difficult to think about when you have foot warts. You may have saw hand warts or thought of the witch from the Wizard of Oz who had the nose wart, but “foot warts” may be a less common term.
That’s okay because we are here to keep you informed about your feet. To break down the information, we provide five facts. Check it out below!
Fact 1: Without Jersey City treatment, foot warts can spread
You might not think anything of one wart, but a virus caused untreated foot warts—viruses easily spread. Sometimes a cluster of warts can appear on your foot. To contain the wart virus, you must effectively treat it.
Fact 2: Many patients have mistaken foot warts for calluses and corns
The rough surface of foot warts is often mistaken as corns and calluses. That’s why many people don’t think of treating it, which allows the warts to spread. Or you try to use a pumice stone on it, which could end up damaging the soft tissue and irritating the warts. There is one characteristic that can make it easier to identify a foot wart from a corn. Plantar warts can contain a little black dot, also known as a seed.
In actuality, the seed is a little blood vessel.
Fact 3: Foot warts are more common in public areas
The virus that causes warts can linger in public restrooms, showers and dirty surfaces. If you share a common space with someone who has foot warts, you are more susceptible to getting them. To avoid foot warts, take precautionary steps:
- Wear protective shower shoes while at public bathhouses
- Disinfect floors and bathrooms on a regular basis
- Avoid walking barefoot on dirty surfaces
- Properly clean and dry feet
Fact 4: Weight distribution factors into pain
If your wart is located on the bottom of your foot, it’s called a plantar wart. When you distribute weight on a foot with a cluster of warts, you may notice discomfort or pain.
Fact 5: A professional best supervises Wart treatment
You can make countless trips to the store for over-the-counter treatments, like Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away, but that doesn’t guarantee results. Some people respond differently to non-prescribed medicine—it may be less effective or irritate the soft tissue of your feet. To nip foot warts in the bud, it’s best to consult with a podiatrist.
Are your foot warts sticking around? Do you want a clear solution to clear away those warts? Let Dr. Tjoe recommend the most effective wart treatment in New Jersey. Call our office at (201) 984-0231.